A Painted House by John Grisham

Posted April 30, 2016 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

A Painted House Book Cover A Painted House
John Grisham
Bantam
2/3/04
384

Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born ... and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever....

This book is special to me because it’s the first time I ever read a book from beginning to end without looking up. I literally picked this book up one night and the next thing I knew I was and I was closing the book and the sun was shining and birds were chirping.

The reason I never put the book down is because I was there. In the story. It was like I was one of the family members. I couldn’t get enough of hearing about their lives and learning about what farm and nearby communities were made of. The title A Painted House was actually the dream of this particular farming family. They wanted to one day own a home that was painted. The simplicity of that idea was profound. It was just one family’s story but it felt much bigger.

Told from the point of view of a seven year old boy, we are transported to a farming community in 1952. We learn of his family’s and tribulations as well as the boy’s first love. There was some excitement in the story and a little bit of mystery. There were moments where I was worried, concerned and sometimes even scared. There were great moments of hope and triumph is well. Our narrator overheard and witnessed many things a young man shouldn’t be privy to and cannot process.

The beauty of this story is not the plot but the way we are momentarily living in another life. When the story ended I actually missed the characters. I felt a void. I thought about this book for days to come on even after all this time whenever I hear about the book or see the cover I sigh and smile.

5 heartwarming stars and pair it Ole Smokey Original Moonshine

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